The Lundquist College of Business's new Portland presence at 109 NW Naito Parkway is now open. Created thanks to the generosity of many donors and partners, floors 1 and 2 are the new home of the college's Portland-based programs: Oregon Executive MBA and UO Sports Product Management (SPM). Students from both programs began classes there in January.
The building presents a unified and impressive UO presence, nearly doubling the university's footprint in Portland. Designed to inspire dynamic learning, a lecture hall named for Lundquist College alumnus Ronald Weir Peterson "49 can accommodate more than 100 people and includes floor-to-ceiling white boards that unfold to spark creativity and collaboration. They can also be used to split the room for use by smaller groups. With its elegant blond wood and natural light, a tiered classroom, named for longtime donors Ron "80 and Chris Sauer "80, provides an energizing forum for student engagement. Inside the foyer, named for project developer Gerding Edlen, technology meets tradition with regionally sourced wood and a custom ceiling showing a twinkling, back-lit map of the world. A bronze statue of the beloved UO Duck—a gift from the Sauer family—is striking a pose made famous by Auguste Rodin's sculpture, “The Thinker."
Additional spaces include breakout rooms designed to facilitate the team projects, meetings and brainstorming sessions, as well as executive coaching sessions for Oregon Executive MBA students. The product review room is equipped with video-conferencing technology that Executive MBA and SPM students may use to fine-tune their presentations. SPM students will use the room's slatted display system to present the athletic gear they develop.
The Lundquist College is grateful to Patricia Peterson, the Sauer family, Mark "75, MBA '76, and Ann Edlen, Gerding Edlen and all of our partners for their generosity, which has enabled this stunning new facility to become a reality. 109 NW Naito embodies both the UO brand and everything the Lundquist College has to offer to the region's business community.